6 Pieces Of Equipment That Will Get You Fit Without Leaving Home

While exercise methods such as body weight fitness and running are great ways to get fit, they lack one thing that makes exercise fun: equipment. Having your own equipment allows you to create unique routines that incorporate a larger variety of exercises. Granted, not all equipment is particularly affordable.

It goes without saying that rowing machines and exercise bikes often cost more than the things they imitate. Luckily, there are more accessible pieces of equipment out there that still offer a versatile set of workouts for you to enjoy.

In this list, we’ll look at six pieces of equipment that you can utilize from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to achieve your fitness goals in fun, unique ways. Many of them can be DIY’d from objects you likely already own, saving you a penny or two in the process.

Water Ball

A water ball takes the idea behind the classic yoga ball and incorporates some strength. The great part is that you can make it yourself with a standard anti-burst exercise ball. Simply fill it up with water and leave some air for it to slosh around. It’s a powerful training tool that allows you to rep a variety of workouts. Just keep it away from anything sharp.

Trampoline

Whether you pick up a mini trampoline or a fully-fledged ring of jumping bliss, you’re set to get fit in a fun and unique way. If you’ve opted for a larger one, you can practice skill-based exercises such as flips and spins. Trampolinify has a great buyer's guide to help you get started.

Shovelglove

For something a little less conventional, there’s the shovelglove. Wrap an old cloth or sweater around a sledgehammer and viola, your new workout tool is born. The idea is to perform certain motions that utilize the weight and design of the sledgehammer. This includes butter churning, log chopping, and shoveling.

Foam Roller

The king of basic workout equipment, this affordable fitness solution has a ton of benefits. With the right exercises, you can stretch your muscles, increase your range of motion, and subsequently prevent injuries later in your routine.

Incline Bench

Many avid strength trainers owe their core work to the incline bench. As a result of their popularity, retail versions are rather pricey. Luckily there are tons of guides, such as this one, that shows you just how to make your own incline bench.

Simple DIY Hand Weights

Hand weights are pretty pricey objects. With a pair of water bottles, some sand, and two minutes of your time, you can have yourself a basic starter set of improvised weights. From there, you can scale up to other homemade solutions such as rock-filled milk jugs. Sandbags, medicine balls, and virtually anything heavy with ergonomic handles all makes decent alternatives.

Conclusion

Whether you choose to pump in some funds or do it all yourself, you can have a home gym with all the exercise equipment you need for a comprehensive workout in no time. Simply create your desired routine and get building.

Exercise Equipment Purchased Online: How to Get it Home

So you are finally ready to get out of that sweaty and smelly gym and make the leap towards investing in your own home gym for the future. Great move! You will avoid the lines on the machines, avoid the drive to the gym, avoid the nasty bacterial germs that spread on the equipment, and worry less about what you will have to wear since you will now be working out in the comfort of your own home.

Here are the steps you will need to get it done from start to finish.

  1. Do the math.

The first step to achieving home gym success is to carve out the financial resources to do so. You have saved the money by cutting out the gym membership, so now you just have to fork over the money to invest in a large piece of exercise equipment.

2. Find the space.

After you pull together the dough that is required to finance your home gym masterpiece, you will have to actually make sure you the room to put it all together. For example, if you are buying a treadmill and a bench with a barbell, you need to measure out a space that can accommodate not only both pieces of equipment, but also the room required for each piece of equipment to maximize its full movement so that you don't hit the other piece while using the other!

3. Shop around.

Buying exercise equipment online or at a big box store can be a fun and exciting event. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of emotion that goes along with big buy purchases for recreational activity. It is important to not get hung up in the emotion here and not to buy the first thing that presents itself to you. Make sure to shop around in multiple big box stores, on multiple websites, and also in multiple specialty stores. This is one purchase that can either haunt you or (HOPEFULLY) reward you for the years to come: choose wisely!

4. Get it home.

Now we come to a part that a lot of people do not think about: getting the piece of exercise equipment home and through your doors. Now, you do not necessarily want to haul the equipment home on your own from a big box store as it may become damaged. In the same sense, having it sent from the store can be costly and time consuming. Additionally, using just any service from your online vendor could leave you with the damaged goods liability and cost you a fortunate. I highly recommend you use Shiply for a fast quote and easy delivery of your exercise equipment. Just do it!

5. Put it all together.

Finally, the equipment has arrived and it is time to use it, correct? Not so fast; you'll have to put it all together either by yourself or through a professional. I would recommend a professional to save yourself the headache and further validate the warranty: but if you'd like to spend the 2-4 hours putting that treadmill together on your own: be my guest!

6. Register it.

This is a very important step that many people forego very foolishly. Make sure to REGISTER your piece of exercise equipment right away. There WILL be parts that break and wear down over time: either from regular usage, poor assembly, or poor maintenance. Registering your equipment will ensure you better customer service and better pricing (or free replacements on warrantied parts) in the future. Just do it!

7. Use it!

And last but not least: USE IT and ENJOY it! You spend all this time, money, and energy to get the right exercise equipment in your home, so enjoy it to the fullest and use it to fuel a healthier and better lifestyle to come. Great job on taking another step towards your healthy fitness future!

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